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Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

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Observe giant Andean Condors and Vicuña as well as colorful traditions and local music. Later, get a taste for the unique flavors of the region by enjoying Andean cuisine, and relax in the natural hot springs of Chivay.

Highlights

  • Visit one of the world's deepest canyons
  • See Andean Condors soaring in the sky
  • Experience local life in Maca Village

Description

You will start your day off early with a pickup from your hotel between 2:30-3:00AM. You will then take a 3-hour journey by car towards Colca Canyon, eventually reaching the town of Chivay where you will have breakfast at 6:00AM. You will then drive through the scenic landscape, passing agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs, and the tiny village of Yanque on your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. You will also be able to watch quietly and patiently for the opportunity to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point. Afterwards, you will return to Chivay by way of Maca Village, where you can watch farmers plowing their fields, before stopping at a beautiful 18th-century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, you will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs where you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. You will then have lunch on your own in Chivay, with free time to visit the local marketplace and main square. At 2:00PM, you will make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa (at 4,800 meters), to view the Ampato Volcano, where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you will continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Your last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00PM. You will later be dropped off in the Arequipa City Center, after a fun and busy day!

Includes

Hotel pickup and all transportation English-speaking local guide Breakfast in Chivay
Entrance to the National Park (70 soles) Entrance to the Thermal Springs (15 soles) Lunch in Chivay Gratuities

Important Information

  • Bring a small backpack, sun-protective clothing and sunscreen, a camera, and a swimsuit for the hot springs
  • Remember to dress according to the season and weather

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